Five Places Pets Should Be More Welcome

Australia has one of the highest rates of pet ownership in the world. It is estimated that 63% of Australian households own pets, that's over 25 million pets! Although people with pets account for over half the Australian population, there are still many limitations pet owners face in their everyday lives. Here at VetShopAustralia, we believe pets are family and should be free to join us wherever we go, and in whatever we are doing. Have a read of our top five places we think pets should be more welcome.

1. Work

Here at VetShopAustralia our pets are not only our friends, but our co-workers too. We love having our pets at work with us, and believe bringing pets to work improves staff productiveness, reduces stress levels and creates a positive and fun atmosphere for all. For more on pets in the workplace, watch our video here.

2. All Homes

We understand that people with investment properties have to put a lot of trust in their tenants to take care of their homes. But should it be so difficult for families with pets to find a rental? As long as the home is cared for, and there are no hidden surprises left when inspections come around, why can't our four-legged friends be given a set of keys too?

3. Shops, Caf├ęs and Public Transport

Over in the United States, it is very common to see people and their fur companions browsing the aisles together in department stores, stopping for coffee at their local Starbucks and keeping each other company on the commute home on the train. However, here in Australia, these harmless everyday norms for some, are completely unheard of and seen as a health risk or potential disturbance. Ensuring we have a little consideration for others, why can't pooch join us on our weekend quest for that little black dress?

4. The Beach

Although there are the few allocated dog beaches across the country, these locations are not necessarily convenient or close by for all pet owners to consistently travel to on their routine morning and afternoon walks. It is understood that pet owners face criticism for apparently never picking up their dog's mess or letting their dogs run riot. However, beaches can be covered in everything from disposable BBQs and nappies, to discarded food and broken glass bottles. Walking your dog is a time where people can relax, take a break from their busy lives, and bond with their fur friend. We believe this simple task shouldn't be restricted and people should have the freedom to walk their dog wherever they please!

5. Holidays

The more pet-friendly holidays are, the better! Most pets spend everyday at home or in a familiar surrounding. And just like us pets probably get sick of seeing the same house/life at times too. Surprisingly, there are more and more hotels and holiday apartments that will allow pets. Many hotel comparison websites now have a 'pet friendly' option to select. Hooray! Now our fur friends can join in on the holiday fun too!

If you want to bring your pet to work, have a read of Dr Mark's Top 5 Tips For Bringing Pets To Work here.

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